Microsoft's 'Switch to Windows Phone' Android app released


Microsoft's "Switch to Windows Phone" Android app is now available in the Google Play Store.

Last week, Neowin reported that Microsoft was developing a "Switch to Windows Phone" Android app that would be released within a week. Today marks that occasion as the app has been released through the Google Play Store.

As previously reported, the app works by inventorying a user's Android apps and saving the list for users to retrieve later. The service then finds replacement applications through Quixey's app search engine. If there is no official app equivalent, such as Instagram not having an official Windows Phone app, then Switch to Windows Phone will recommend a third-party alternative. 

After the app discovers recommended equivalents, users can save the list to a cloud storage service and then use a Windows Phone version of the app to see the full list and obtain links to download the equivalent apps.

A Quixey representative said the company "worked closely with the Windows Phone team on developing the app," though Microsoft has yet to respond to Neowin's request for comment about the app's release beyond saying last week that the company had nothing to share about the app.

Switch to Windows Phone requires Android 2.3.3 or newer and is immediately available for download. The app currently has a 1-star rating based on two user reviews. Though the first review mocked the purpose of the app without providing commentary about its quality ("I wonder if this mobile OS gets blue screens? Is that a feature?"), the second user review said the app is unusable when the battery of an Android device using it is below 50 percent, a claim Neowin corroborates.

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Eh, I want to like Windows Phone, but it just doesn't work for me. I will say if I was going to buy a 'locked' platform, it'd definitely be WP8 over iOS.

Windows Phone doesn't support VPN - I can't VPN into work, and then SSH into a server to do emergency work when I'm on the go. It still doesn't support repeat notifications (a feature found even on most basic phones) - when I get a page sent to my phone, ONE text message notification will not wake me up at 3 AM. On top of that, the app market is lacking. Sure there may be a third party alternative, but those just don't do it for me. Adding to all of that, the phone selection is just weak - there's nothing appealing in terms of hardware. To me, it's just not a 'true' smartphone OS, as it doesn't handle my business needs. It's a great OS for typical consumers, but not for a power user.

I found the app very useful, it showed that an impressive 78% of my existing apps were available on Windows phone but alerted me that one or two key apps were not available. So have decided to hold fire on purchasing a Windows phone for now.

Just a bit of subtle trolling, Windows phone is a fine device but currently app availability isn't its strong suit when compared to Android & iOS. I think "Switch to Windows phone" just draws even more attention to this. I also think Microsoft's continued negative advertising just creates division with users when it should find positive ways to attract customers to its platform.

Imo more attention is exactly what WP needs because that's the only way to attract developers to build those "key apps" we've been missing. Well I haven't since I really use a very small amount of apps on both Android and WP to start with, I never caught up with the app madness to start with.

jasonon said,
HA all those fandroids are giving 1 star reviews...

Thats what I was wondering, no reviews but a hell lot of 1 star reviews. Geez, people need to lighten up, this app is meant to people who already have WP and want to find out about apps or who are thinking about buying one and are doing some homework before.

wingliston said,
That Nokia Lumia 920 ad was so true. Android and Apple users have nothing better to do but fight.

Hahahahaha yes!

Reading the comments about this app over various websites is quite sad. The hyperbole and reaction over a phone app is... wow.

Wow this is pathetic.

So you mean to tell me that Facebook on Android is the same on Windows Phone? Foursquare? Twitter? YouTube? Dropbox? Box?

Now let's get onto apps I use daily / 5 times a week. Gmail, Google+, Google Maps, Ingress, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Chrome, Drive, and Google Voice. Virtually non-existent.

Pathetic attempt by Microsoft. Actually it reeks desperation. What a bogus flat out lie Microsoft is doing. I am glad I rated it one star. With this very explanation.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2...dows-phone-by-lying-to-you/

LOL... nice try buddy.
This app is for people WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED A WINDOWS PHONE OR ARE ALREADY LOOKING TO PURCHASE ONE. What can you do on Facebook on Android that you can't on WP8 (including the latest beta)? Same with the other apps. Most of the apps are top-notch and on par if not better than the Android counterparts (and yes I've used both).

Also, those apps you've mentioned that you use daily, that's great for you... that's simply a sign that you shouldn't switch... and to be honest, we don't want you anyway.

It's not desperate... it's simply a transfer app. This is the problem with fanbois they never actually understand what something is for and give biased opinions.

Now let's get onto apps I use daily / 5 times a week. Gmail, Google+, Google Maps, Ingress, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Chrome, Drive, and Google Voice. Virtually non-existent.

Really?

Gmail - Use the mail app.
Google+ - Unofficial app exists.
Google maps - Unofficial app exists.
Ingress - Doesn't exist.
Dunkin Donuts - Exists.
Starbucks - Exists.
Chrome - Doesn't exist.
Drive - Tons of alternatives, HERE (free), Navigon, Garmin etc
Google voice - Exists.

Pathetic attempt by DarkNet. Actually it reeks fo desperation. What a bogus flat out lie DarkNet is doing.

Edited by -Razorfold, May 1 2013, 3:00am :

There ent for Chrome, and it's very good. It's called: Internet Explorer

-Razorfold said,

Really?

Gmail - Use the mail app.
Google+ - Unofficial app exists.
Google maps - Unofficial app exists.
Ingress - Doesn't exist.
Dunkin Donuts - Exists.
Starbucks - Exists.
Chrome - Doesn't exist.
Drive - Tons of alternatives, HERE (free), Navigon, Garmin etc
Google voice - Exists.

Pathetic attempt by DarkNet. Actually it reeks fo desperation. What a bogus flat out lie DarkNet is doing.

I wonder what it would suggest for a vpn application.

Ring a ding Microsoft 2013 and still no vpn support, Good to see priorities are in order.

TPreston said,
I wonder what it would suggest for a vpn application.

Ring a ding Microsoft 2013 and still no vpn support, Good to see priorities are in order.


My understanding is that we might not have this to complain about much longer... But I agree that this is a much needed feature.

Not available in the UK. They love shooting themselves in the foot by not doing things outside the USA don't they?

lctb51 said,
Why doesnt Microsoft release a full Windows Phone 8 OS in an App that runs on top of Android

Because it would be massive? A tremendous development effort? No one would make full use of the OS as an app? I don't mean to overly criticize your post, but an app != an OS by any means...

lctb51 said,
Why doesnt Microsoft release a full Windows Phone 8 OS in an App that runs on top of Android

OS in an App that runs on top of another OS?

Dude. There is no such thing as an OS as an app, and no such thing as an OS on top of another OS. What the hell.

Looking at some of the reviews (especially the 1-star ones), there seems to be a lot of (unjustified) hate for it, but, with that said, not providing a way to view the apps and limiting it to >50% battery is just weird...

Matthew_Thepc said,
Looking at some of the reviews (especially the 1-star ones), there seems to be a lot of (unjustified) hate for it, but, with that said, not providing a way to view the apps and limiting it to >50% battery is just weird...

What I didnt get. If you need a WP to view the apps, didnt you already make the switch? The android app needs to tell you or provide a website link that shows you. Useless otherwise IMO. I understand if you already switched it helps find like apps, but again, why call the app Switch to Windows Phone....the person already did.

And yea, lot of negative reviews out of spite.

Matthew_Thepc said,
Looking at some of the reviews (especially the 1-star ones), there seems to be a lot of (unjustified) hate for it, but, with that said, not providing a way to view the apps and limiting it to >50% battery is just weird...

Trolls love to give bad reviews. It makes them feel powerful. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,

Trolls love to give bad reviews. It makes them feel powerful. LOL

I gave a negative review with valid reason. See my post below. The two extra negative reviews were done out of spite.

I've only seen about three people with Windows Phones here in Australia. iPhones dominate, while SII/SIII are in second place.

NerdyTech said,
Can't find it on my rezound, must have been taken down already.

It is there. One of the reviews said it wouldn't install on a Nexus 4 tho. Installed on my GNEX, but I am rooted.

Read a few places that the app is buggy and crashes a lot. Not a good way to present yourself and convince people to switch by releasing a buggy app

More reviews are appearing on the Play Store as well.

And whats with the needing to have 50 percent battery charged to use it? Several comments about that as well.

Shadowzz said,
Allot of android apps are buggy and crash a lot, this isnt unique or a rare sight.

Not my point. There are buggy apps on all platforms but if you are trying to convince someone to switch, it is important that the app you are marketing has as less bugs as possible.

Shadowzz said,
Allot of android apps are buggy and crash a lot, this isnt unique or a rare sight.

lets say for example if Google release move to android app in WP store, you will be the first to trash Google. understand your are over enthusiastic. get a life please

Shadowzz said,
Allot of android apps are buggy and crash a lot, this isnt unique or a rare sight.

I experienced buggy apps on iOS too.

Shadowzz said,
Allot of android apps are buggy and crash a lot, this isnt unique or a rare sight.

LOL Troll attempt : FAIL/10

Shadowzz said,
No i wont get a life.

And yes buggy apps are everywhere.

Except on Windows Phone, which is perfect!

Buttus said,

LOL Troll attempt : FAIL/10


haha true. and they pretend as if they are right all the time. i guess he/she is a Microsoft fanboy

Yeah sure, except that it isn't.

But noone here reads some android dev blogs? Where people hate the fact that apps works fine on some devices and some versions, but crash and are buggy on others. That its a hell to get your app, especially if its more advanced then a fart app, to work properly across all versions and devices?
So this app might work fine on most devices, but on a few it doesnt. And it gets used against Microsoft, while many developers have this issue.
That was the point.

Oh and I have apps crashing on WP8 too, don't worry. Whatsapp regulary, the Nokia Music had its bugs (i think the recent update resolved it, havent encountered it yet). Even system apps like Music&Videos crashed on me (then decided to stick with nokia music), or the store which has its issues a lot too (cant connect to store even when 3g/wifi is working properly)

But hey, I'm a Microsoft fanboy, I cant possibly hate their products AYE

Shadowzz said,
Allot of android apps are buggy and crash a lot, this isnt unique or a rare sight.

Get your facts, troll. That's a complete lie.

68k said,

Except on Windows Phone, which is perfect!


Apps on Windows Phone are buggy as well, it's just that Apps can't crash the operating system as they do on Android or something.

FalseAgent said,

Apps on Windows Phone are buggy as well, it's just that Apps can't crash the operating system as they do on Android or something.

Woops, I forgot to add the sarcasm tag (/s).

I'm an Android user. I've never had an app crash the entire system. If it ever happens, Android would force quit it and go back to the home screen. I find all my apps very stable on my HTC. I don't think I've had a crash all year. And I use some pretty resource intensive apps.

I would say about 90% of apps on any app store are low quality and useless. You don't just go downloading any one.

Some of the comments make no sense...

It would be more useful if it actually told me on my Android phone which apps were available on Windows Phone so I would know upfront what would be available before I even consider a Windows Phone

Um that's exactly what the app does.

Microsoft, this isn't the way to bring people to windows phone

Except it's not to bring people to windows phone...it's designed to help people who have already bought a windows phone (or are thinking about it) to find the apps they use.

From the description on the app, you have to load the companion app on WP or W8 to see what apps are available on WP. Not that the Android app tells you. I think they meant they wished the Android App would tell you what WP apps are available without the companion app.

techbeck said,
From the description on the app, you have to load the companion app on WP or W8 to see what apps are available on WP. Not that the Android app tells you. I think they meant they wished the Android App would tell you what WP apps are available without the companion app.

exactly what I was going to say - to be fair to the reviewer, he was probably talking about how you can't see exactly which of your apps are available on Windows Phone, just the percentage. But it still doesn't deserve the 1 star rating he gave it O.O

The only thing pathetic here is your comment. This app is designed to help people who have already purchased a windows phone easily switch over. It's not designed to tell people that android sucks and to buy a windows phone...

-Razorfold said,
The only thing pathetic here is your comment. This app is designed to help people who have already purchased a windows phone easily switch over. It's not designed to tell people that android sucks and to buy a windows phone...

Agreed. Trolls, what can you do? LOL

Shadowzz said,
Google actively promoted switching from iOS to Android too, I'm sure Google must be desperate as well.

show me one promotion

yowanvista said,
MS is so desperate, pathetic as always.

We've been through all this. If you go back through the news items, you'll find the original discussion on this.

Regarding the app. I am both a Windows phone and Android phone user so this app will be a godsend!